The term DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation. It is the software program that you will use to record, edit, and mix your songs. It is the center piece of your computer recording studio.
Sound important? It is.
Your choice for a DAW will one of the most important purchase decisions that you make for your entire studio.
Knowing Your Options
When it comes to DAW’s you have several choices.
If you’re just starting out and looking to get your feet wet, there’s a free one you can download called Audacity. Another almost free option is Apple’s Garageband. You can download it at the app store for around 15 bucks.
Don’t get stuck using these for too long though, they’re just toys compared other DAW’s including Steinberg Cubase, Ableton Live, MOTU Digital Performer, and Cakewalk Sonar. While all of these are capable of producing professional results, they don’t quite compare to either of the two biggest players in the game:
Avid’s Pro Tools, and Apple’s Logic. Some say one is better, some say the other. But when you ask around, you’ll find that almost everyone uses one or the other.
Between the two, I say…get Pro Tools.
Pro Tools is the industry standard. The VAST majority of studios out there, from professional to amateur, use Pro Tools as their DAW. For that reason alone, you should as well.
If you ever want to work in someone else’s studio, have someone else work in yours, or collaborate with another studio in any way, it will be a thousand times easier if you are both running Pro Tools.
If one day in the future, one of those other DAW’s takes over and becomes the new standard, then use that one. Until then, get Pro Tools.